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School of Education hosts Fulbright teachers for fourth year

For Immediate Release Sep 1, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Eighteen teachers from around the world have arrived at Indiana University Bloomington to spend the semester working on educational projects as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.

The educators are hosted by the Center for International Education, Development and Research at the IU School of Education, where they will work with a School of Education faculty member, audit classes and work with teachers at surrounding elementary and secondary schools. Their focus during the semester is an inquiry project of their choosing related to K-12 education.

A group of Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching recipients
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching recipients during their visit to IU Bloomington.

The Center for International Education, Development and Research is hosting the Fulbright education program for the fourth year in a row. IU is the only college or university in the country to host scholars in the program.

Fulbright scholars, their home countries and their projects are:

  • Emilia Heimonen, Finland – “Inclusion of ethnic and sexual minority groups in the American classroom”
  • Sanna Leinonen, Finland – “Collaborative teaching and learning in high school; changing the focus from teaching to learning”
  • Etishree Etishree, India – “Counseling process and the role of a school counselor in an inclusive school”
  • Rathnakaran Kozhukkunnon Othayoth, India – “Information and communication technology in learning mathematics with open sources software”
  • Balakrishnan Venkataraman, India – “Theatre: necessities and application: role play for liberation”
  • Adina Katriel, Israel – “Empowering self-esteem in students through film studies”
  • Ornit Maimon, Israel – “Learning math and science in cultural context (through personal culture research)”
  • Juan Pablo Penagos García, Mexico – “Communicative strategies in young indigenous learners at Educacion Media Superior 293”
  • Luz Yasu Torres Juárez, Mexico – “Learning to learn together: developing emotional self-regulation and conflict resolution skills”
  • Yassine Abdellaoui, Morocco – “Deepening cross-cultural understanding and breaking stereotypes through effective dialogue”
  • Abdelkrim Benqdad, Morocco – “Promoting cross-cultural understanding: engaging students in cultural activities in a school club”
  • Youssef Sahyouf, Morocco – “Strategies of fostering cross-cultural awareness through extracurricular activities in high schools”
  • Keith Dobson, New Zealand – “How can student-directed learning be enhanced using technology to maximize engagement and outcomes?”
  • Karen Douglas, New Zealand – “Using digital and collaborative learning to improve student literacy”
  • Edwin Chew, Singapore – “Language matters: redesigning an inclusive approach to geography fieldwork”
  • Rebecca Kong, Singapore – “Fostering critical thinking skills in science education using visible thinking strategies”
  • Angelynna Lim, Singapore – “Math: Let’s get it ‘write’! (Developing reasoning and communication skills through journaling)”
  • Nien-Ching Chuang, Taiwan – “Enhancing student learning motivation in high school through service learning: from teachers’ PLC”

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching in the U.S. and abroad and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (on behalf of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. It is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

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